Posts Tagged "Pest Management"

Farmer Livelihood

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in |

For millions of families in the developing world, farming is not just an occupation; it is the sole means of survival. Smallholder farmers grow several crops on small plots of land to support their families and those in their local communities. In 2010, two billion people depended upon 500 million smallholder farmers to meet their food needs. They’re the largest farmer group in the world and key drivers of food security in developing countries. The trouble is that it’s tough for smallholder farmers to make a good living. The plant science industry is trying to change that with a...

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Stewardship

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in |

Agriculture is a major contributor to many economies in Asia. But years of under-investment in rural development and agricultural research have left farmers ill-equipped to deal with food security pressures. In addition, other factors such as climate change, the decline of available arable land and water scarcity have further undermined Asia’s productivity potential. Most notably, agriculture modernization has been inhibited by the small size of farms and a lack of investment in the facilities and training necessary for developing more profitable businesses. The perspective among many...

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Crop Protection

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in |

Pesticide and Agrochemical Crop protection products, commonly referred to as pesticides or agrochemical products, are both naturally occurring and man-made (synthetic) chemicals that play a vital role in controlling the diseases, insects and weeds that harm or destroy our food crops and threaten public health.  With growing global populations that constantly challenge food production, crop protection products offer a means towards meeting the challenge of more food from less land. There are serious challenges for farmers and the food crops they grow. For example, crops must compete with...

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